AYAF 2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

University of Queensland

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching institutions, consistently ranking amongst the world’s top universities. In 2017 UQ was ranked as the best University in Australia for Aerospace Engineering by Shanghai Ranking - the official publisher of the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology offers programs that prepare students to enter into the Aerospace industry. The Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and the Integrated Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) and Master of Engineering are the primary two programs. Within those programs, the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering offer plans in Mechanical, Mechanical and Aerospace, Mechanical and Materials, Mechatronic, Software and Electrical Engineering that provide graduates with the background needed for aerospace careers.

In research, the UQ Centre for Hypersonics in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is globally recognised as the leading university-based hypersonics research group. The Centre for Hypersonics conducts research into all aspects of hypersonic flight, including test facilities, air-breathing engines, rocket flight testing, aerothermodynamics, computational fluid dynamics and optical diagnostics. In the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, researchers investigate various aspects of unmanned aerial vehicles.

Raytheon Australia

As a trusted partner to the Australian Defence Force for nearly two decades, Raytheon Australia is committed to investing in the nation’s pipeline of future aerospace leaders – most recently demonstrated through the company’s support for the Australian Youth Aerospace Association and their 2019 forum in Queensland.

Raytheon Australia’s Managing Director Michael Ward commended the Australian Youth Aerospace Association for their dedication to grow Australia’s portfolio of future engineers. “Raytheon is proud to sponsor the Australian Youth Aerospace Association – anything that we can do, as a company, to stimulate and create future engineers will benefit Australia’s entire defence ecosystem,” said Ward.

As a national employer of highly-skilled engineers, Raytheon understands that it has an important responsibility to shepherd the next generation of engineers on their path to a fulfilling career.

“Organisations like the Australian Youth Aerospace Association play a tremendous role in fostering an interest in STEM amongst young students,” said Ward. “Many of Raytheon’s current crop of engineers were drawn to STEM subjects during their school years. Our engagement with the Australian Youth Aerospace Association will provide students with real-life examples of dynamic career paths within the defence industry. We hope that one day these future engineers will play a role in developing next-generation technology for the Australian Defence Force,” Ward said.

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Gold Sponsors

Boeing Defence Australia

Boeing's presence in Australia is the company’s largest footprint outside the United States, with more than 3,000 employees in 38 locations. Boeing has the broadest portfolio in Australian aerospace, with its employees and extensive supply chain supporting advanced manufacturing of commercial aircraft composite components, defence systems design and development, modelling and simulation, research and development, support and training, and unmanned systems.

TAE Aerospace

TAE Aerospace is the largest Australian owned aerospace company and specializes in gas turbine engine, accessory and related systems Through Life Support. This includes program, fleet, engineering, maintenance and materiel service delivery. They support a broad range of global customers, and operate from five sites in Australia, one in Malaysia, have a joint venture in the US and are headquartered in Queensland. TAE also designs and manufactures engine test cells, support equipment, Health and Usage Monitoring Systems, Fountx wearable technology and manufactures niche aerospace products.

Australian Space Agency

The Australian Space Agency is the public service agency of Australia responsible for the development of Australia's space industry, coordinating domestic activities, identifying opportunities and facilitating international space engagement.

The Agency is responsible for regulating and authorising Australian space activities, building international partnerships and collaboration on space, and transforming our space industry.
Established in July 2018 after a review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability, the Agency has $73.2 million in funding.

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General enquiries, email enquiries@space.gov.au, by phone +61 2 6276 1166, or post to Australian Space Agency, GPO Box 2013, CANBERRA ACT 2601.


With around 1500 staff at 19 sites across Australia and New Zealand, Airbus in Australia Pacific has access to the financial strength and expertise of Airbus Helicopters and the Airbus. The company is supporting 47 MRH90 Taipan multi-role helicopters for the Australian Army and Navy and 22 ARH Tiger armed reconnaissance helicopters for the Army.

Airbus in Australia Pacific delivers new Airbus Helicopters machines and supports more than 500 aircraft through a network of local facilities.

In addition to its helicopter capabilities, Airbus in Australia Pacific maintains the Royal Australian Air Force’s (RAAF) AP-3C Orion reconnaissance aircraft and C-130J Hercules transports and the Royal New Zealand Air Force’s C-130s and P3s. The company is recognised as a leader in propeller and engine maintenance.

Silver Sponsors

Griffith University

We have Australia's most highly recognised Aviation program. Over the past twenty years we have built an international reputation for graduates that are industry ready through our innovative approach to aviation education. Griffith works closely with industry to develop degrees to meet the needs of business now and into the future.

Our industry advisory board serves as an external guide to strengthen links with industry, and to gain insight into new trends within the marketplace. You can join our MATES program where students mentor other students, or become part of a range of aviation-related university clubs e.g. the Soaring Society, Griffith university Flying Club.

Bronze Sponsors



HeliMods is an innovative aerospace technology company dedicated to solving the most complex design and engineering challenges.

From our state-of-the art facility on the Sunshine Coast, we combine cutting-edge technology with world-class talent to transform helicopters for special missions like firefighting, medical rescue and law enforcement.
HeliMods employs a progressive team of young engineers, designers and technologists, who have the opportunity to drive industry-leading software and tools, to see designs through the complete engineering and production cycle, and to gain real hands-on experience working with both civil and military aircraft types.

We are dedicated to innovating in everything that we do and passionate about shaping the future of our industry.

If you’re interested in being part of our progressive young team, contact us at careers@helimods.com.